- 1936 Democratic National Convention
1936 Democratic National Conventionwas held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniafrom June 23- June 27, 1936. The convention resulted in the re-nomination of U.S. President Franklin D. Rooseveltand Vice President John Nance Garner.
Prior to 1936, the rule for nominating candidates for President and Vice President required a two-thirds majority of the delegates. However, this rule was abolished at the 1936 Democratic Convention and conventioneers adopted a simple majority for nomination. This would allow for candidates to more easily be nominated and would thus produce less balloting. It also began to diminish the South's clout at the convention, making it easier for Democrats to begin adopting
civil rightsinto their platforms.
African-Americanminister delivered the invocation, causing South CarolinaSenator Ellison D. Smithto walk outof the convention.
In his acceptance speech on June 27, Roosevelt remarked, "This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."
1936 Republican National Convention
United States presidential election, 1936
Democratic National Convention
* [http://www.archive.org/details/1936-06-24_Democrats_Cheer Universal Newsreel footage of the Convention]
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